Village Hall Memories
After reading the July newsletter regarding the Village Hall being 60m years old, I was on the committee then raising funds to have the hall built. I may be the only one left of the original committee.
Our social events were held in the Institute in the village. We were able to obtain a grant from the council to help with the building of the Village Hall but we had to raise the rest of the money needed which we did with a variety of events. It was hard going keeping the new hall profitable, holding whist drives, WI meetings, bingo etc. I served school dinners in the Village Institute until an electrical fault caused a very bad fire which rendered it unfit. The committee then approached the council as we had nowhere else for the school meals other than the new Village Hall which luckily was passed and they paid rent and helped with the maintenance, going from strength to strength and holding other fund raising events. The school meals were not cooked on the premises but delivered from Hope School and the children were escorted across the road from what was the old school. I carried on this job for 10 years enjoying every minute. Mr & Mrs Sam Pugh were the caretakers which I think was without pay to help with the funds. To keep the hall immaculate, we had a piece of carpet from the main door to the stage where the children ate their meals. The floor was highly polished and wanted it kept like that.
I remember some of the other members of the committee – Mr & Mrs H Arden, Phil Dean, Barbara Moore and Vince Kendrick.
Ah well, happy days in spite of the hard work we all put in.
If you have your own memories of the Village Hall or any other community building and want to share them with the village, please get in touch.
This article was kindly submitted by Freda Stevens of Kirkett Avenue